Sowing Seeds for Generations

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“Sowing Seeds for Generations” is the theme of this year’s Women in Agriculture Conference, which will be held Friday, Aug. 2nd, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Sidney at the Elks Lodge (1040 Jackson St.).

“Past years have been very successful, and we are excited to offer another great conference,” said event organizer Carmen Draper. “This is a wonderful event for all women to learn new skills in a fun environment.”

Advance registration is $35/person, due by July 22, 2024; late registration or pay at the door will be $45/person.

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***Walk-ins are welcome!!

Nebraska Women in Agriculture program is committed to providing educational opportunities for all Nebraska women interested in developing management skills in every facet of agriculture by providing leadership, learning experiences, support, and networking avenues to empower women to compete and survive in this challenging and complex industry.

This program is held in partnership with the University of Nebraska Extension Women in Agriculture.  We are grateful for the following sponsors:  21st Century Equipment LLC, Crossroads Cooperative Association, Farm Credit Services of America, Nebraska Extension, News Channel Nebraska, Platte Valley Bank, Points West Community Bank, Potter State Bank, Scoular, Security First Bank, Sidney Elks Lodge, South Platte Natural Resources District, Sunset Land & Cattle - Potter, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Wheat Belt Public Power District.


8:30 am  Registration, Breakfast Buffet
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am Backyard Ag by Jami TheoneHaving over 20 years with NRCS as a conservationist as well as a being a beginning farmer, specialty crop grower, wife, and mom to 3 energetic boys I am thrilled to share my experiences about working with a variety of producers of all sizes, crops, and backgrounds. A special guest will be joining Jami!
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Pollinator Habitat on Farms, Ranches and in our Communities by Rae PowersIn collaboration with NRCS staff, Rae works with ranchers, farmers, and others to identify wildlife conservation opportunities, pollination and pest control needs, and to promote pollinators and other beneficial insects across landscapes. She has a B.S in environmental studies and an M.S. in plant ecology, both from UNL and has worked in grassland management and native seed production.
11:00 am Just Breathe: Stress and skills for more intentional living by Kristen RoseUnderstand stress triggers, master self-regulation techniques, and discover the link between self-regulation and intentional living. Kristen started her professional career with equine-assisted therapy. She specializes in eating disorders but has training and experience in multiple modalities.
11:45 am Lunch
12:30 pm Saved By The Well by Kaelyn ArmstrongKaelyn is a Registered Nurse with 14 years of  experience working in long term care facilities, surgery, and emergency Rooms. It became clear to her while seeing people from all walks of life that healing physical needs was not always the most important part of healing the person. The more people she cared for the more she realized that most people just want to be seen, loved, and cared for. Through her experience and with the support of her family and many encouraging women, Kaelyn took a leap of faith and opened Saved By the Well.
1:15 pm Break
1:30 pm What Happens In a Small Town by Kim PrestonRural at heart, Kim has been able to live her passion for rural communities throughout her career. From policy advocacy at the state legislature to building small towns through entrepreneurship and homeownership, Kim shares resources to support resilient and vibrant communities.
2:30 pm The Odyssey of the Oviduct by T.L. MeyerT.L is serving as the Beef Systems Educator for producers in Blaine, Cherry, Grant Hooker, and Thomas counties. Previously, she was at the West Central Research and Extension Center for 20+ years, working the last 16 as a research tech for a reproductive physiologist. She is professionally skilled in animal husbandry, strategic planning, science and agriculture.
3:00 pm Closing
3:15 pm Odyssey of the Oviduct—Hands-on